(SEATTLE, WA) -- For many people outside our area of Washington State (the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett-Bellevue Metro market) there are only a few iconic images they know us by: the Space Needle, Pioneer Square, the Pike Place Market, Mt. Rainier, Jimi Hendrix, Curt Cobain, generic outdoor shots (mountains, beaches etc,) and perhaps a few we’ve left out.
But for many of us who live here, the one place that speaks to the true soul of Seattle is the Pike Place Public Market, with all its historic and wonderful smells, sights, sounds and general funkiness.
In that market beats the heart of a city that is very alive and knows itself well.
One our SkyValleyChronicle.com scribes showed up in Seattle (to claim it as home) circa 1973-74 and promptly made the Pike Place Market his 2nd home.
How long ago was that? Here’s a clue. There was only ONE Starbuck’s store in the world (pre corporate, pre big shot chain) and it was in the Pike Place Market and that one store only sold coffee beans that you could take home for home coffee making. ‘ There were no lattes for sale. It was a place where you bought beans (or loose tea) and maybe a biscotti or two and walked out the door with them.
And everybody loved the joint. It was quintessential Seattle. We all got great coffee and laughed at the rest of the world that drank swill and didn’t even know they were drinking swill.
It was a very innocent time in the city’s history -- pre-grunge and pre all those stories in magazines about how Seattle was the best city to live in (blah blah blah) and pre Bevis & Butthead on MTV saying things like “is everybody in Seattle really cool, heh, heh?” and all those other folks from everywhere else that eventually moved in, made a mess of the joint and drove up housing and rent prices sky high and made the traffic commute mess the third worst in the nation.
Anyone who lives in Seattle now has no idea what a true paradise it was before everyone else on the planet moved in.
Be that as it may, the market is still a magical place and Seattle is still a great city to hang in as evidenced by this recent and very cool collage produced by Mike Gieson.